A WINCHESTER parish councillor has expressed concerns over plans to build more than 6,000 homes in Eastleigh.

Chairman of Owslebury Parish Council John Chapman appealed for more information on Options B and C of the borough's Local Plan, which would see development north of Bishopstoke and Fair Oak, as the parish was already experiencing a disruptive volume of commuter traffic.

In an open letter, he asked how the council proposed to protect South Downs National Park, given that the scheme would extend up to its borders.

He also asked how the borough council would reconcile its obligations under its transport plan to reduce residents' need to travel by car with its preference for development proposals which offered poor access to the railway.

"Options B and C would of course have a big impact on wider area including Upham, Colden Common, Twyford and Otterbourne," he said.

"Our parishioners are very anxious to understand what measures are being planned."

Cllr Chapman's letter comes as an application to build 250 homes in Fair Oak was approved last week.

Developer Drew Smith applied to build at Pembers Farm on Mortimers Lane, which falls within Option C.